Exceptionally pleasant interior; genuinely sporty handling; plenty of technology; choice of regular and hybrid models; executive-class back seat
Acceleration in the smaller engine isn't as punchy as comparable setups in other high-end sport sedans; infotainment system interface not particularly intuitive
The erstwhile GS 200t is renamed the GS 300 but doesn't get any boost in power. The company's Enform Safety and Service Connect features (covering roadside assistance and scheduled maintenance) are now free for 10 years. See the 2018 Lexus GS models for sale near you
Tastes and budgets will differ, but any GS is a good choice.
The 2018 Lexus GS sedan is offered in GS 300, GS 350, GS 450h and GS F trim levels.
GS 300 ($47,305) starts out with 17-inch alloys, LED headlights, a sunroof, keyless entry with push-button ignition, a rearview camera, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, 10-way power front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, driver's-side memory functions, drive mode selection, self-dimming rearview and side mirrors, ambient lighting, wood trim, a trip computer with color TFT display, 12.3-in infotainment screen with Remote Touch controller, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, Bluetooth and a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system with DVD audio capability, satellite radio, auxiliary input and iPod/USB connectivity.
GS 350 ($51,690) comes with the V6, 18-in alloy wheels and real leather upholstery (except for the 2018 base all-wheel-drive version, which gets synthetic leather and is therefore less expensive at $51,360).
GS 450h ($64,690) has the hybrid powertrain, hybrid-specific gauges and readouts, exclusive bamboo trim, heated/ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a power rear sunshade. Aside from the bamboo and the hybrid hardware, the GS 450h's extra features are available on the other models as options.
The V8-powered GS F ($85,345) has almost everything as standard, including an adaptive suspension, carbon fiber rear spoiler, 19-in alloys and a quad sport exhaust system.
Additional options include adaptive suspension, head-up display, a power-closing trunk lid, 18-way multi-contour power front seats, semi-aniline perforated leather upholstery, heated rear seats, a power sunshade and a 17-speaker/835-watt Mark Levinson audio system.
The enthusiast-oriented F Sport package adds 19-in wheels, variable-ratio steering, rear-wheel steering (rear-wheel drive only), exterior styling revisions, bigger front brakes (rear-drive only), sport-tuned adaptive dampers, 12-way power sport driver's seat with adjustable side bolsters and special interior materials.
Trunk space amounts to 18.4 cu ft. in the regular GS, 15.9 cu ft. in the hybrid, and (according to Lexus) 14 cu ft. in the GS F. The rear seats don't split and fold, which might be occasionally irritating, although there is a pass-through hatch.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
2018 Acura RLX -- Well equipped. The Sport Hybrid version could be an alternative to the GS 450h. Updated for 2018.
2018 Audi A6 -- Still excellent, but a new generation is imminent.
2018 BMW 5 Series -- All-new for 2018. The benchmark for the class.
2018 Cadillac CTS -- Ready, willing, able and American.
2018 Jaguar XF -- Sleek and supple.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class -- One of the best and loaded with advanced technology.
Used Audi A8 -- At this level, there are all sorts of intriguing alternatives. If style and space are paramount, check out a certified pre-owned (CPO) A8.